Gap Year Packages

Complete backpacking experiences

If you want all the perks of an amazing gap year without any of the stress of planning it, a gap year package is for you. These are bundles of essential travel products tailor made by travel experts StudentUniverse to offer everything you need for an incredible, complete backpacking experience.

Planning a gap year can be fun, but for first time travellers this stage can also be one of the most stressful. A complete backpacker package takes any stress out of the equation, leaving you to just enjoy the ride safe in the knowledge that you don’t have to worry about flight connections, accommodation, meeting people, getting on the right tours, and all those other potentially difficult things about jetting off to explore the world.

Awesome complete gap year packages


Totally Trans-Mongolian

from £1879

19 days

China, Mongolia, Russia

Welcome aboard our Trans-Mongolian Railway complete gap year comrades! Full steam ahead for the Chinese city of Beijing, across Russian...


Coast to the Bay (SF)

Go in search of the wonderfully wild and wacky as we take the scenic route from La La Land to...

Rome to Budapest on a Shoestring

from £799

This trip is perfect for the young, budget-conscious traveller eager to check a bunch of boxes off their travelling to-do...

Galápagos — South & East Islands aboard the Monserrat

from £2899

If an authentic tropical landscape figures big in your travel dreams, get yourself on down to the Galápagos, stat. Want...

Mexico City: Day of the Dead Original

from £750

Join in the celebrations of one of the world's most bizarre cultural institutions – Mexico's Day of the Dead –...

China Expedition – Great Wall Marathon

from £1150

Step your running goals up a notch with this incredible, yet challenging, marathon course along the Great Wall of China...

California to the Rockies

from £956

Roads that wind through forests of wooden giants, slip through narrow mountain passes, and stretch endlessly onto the horizon. Highways...

Western USA family Holiday with Teenagers

from £1823

Take the family on an adventure that explores the biggest, best and most iconic sights of the West. Kick things...

Trekking Mont Blanc

from £1149

Experience the rarified air of Europe as you trek the Alps from France to Italy and Switzerland along the Tour...

Bagan Short Break

from £205

There’s more to Bagan than ancient temples, beautiful as they are. Maximise your time in the city on this action-packed...

Andean Discovery (Northbound)

from £1466

From the awe-inspiring archeological and cultural treasures of the Andean highlands to the Nazca Lines on Peru's enigmatic coast, this...

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See the best destinations in the world

We offer complete gap year packages for all the best backpacker destinations in the world. Whether you’re interested in exploring Australia, arriving in Sydney before heading off to enjoy some of the best beaches in the world as well as the vast, forbidding Outback, hopping around the incredible countries of South East Asia, from wild nights in Bangkok to wandering through sacred temples in Cambodia, or meeting iconic wildlife across Africa, there is a backpacker package containing everything you need to make it a reality. There are even packages that will take you around the entire world! Whatever your ambitions, achieving them doesn’t have to be difficult.

Everything you need in a single package

A gap year package will usually include multi-stop flights and a number of other things, which, depending on the destination, could include tours, accommodation, working holiday visas, volunteer placements, insurance, job assistance, country starter packs, and transport passes.

Every gap year package we offer is unique, but let’s take a look at a typical complete gap year to South East Asia. You could fly into Bangkok, Thailand to tour the famous Indochina Loop – Chiang Mai, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia. From there you might sail the paradisiacal Thai islands, spending your time swimming in the warm, crystal clear oceans, sipping cocktails, snorkelling, and sunbathing until your heart’s content, before hitting Phuket for a wild night out or two, as well as having access to all the incredible sights of south Thailand. It’s all arranged for you. All you need to do is slather on the suntan lotion and enjoy.

Organised trips, personalised travel

Although our backpacker packages are designed to contain everything you need for the adventure of a lifetime, they are also designed to allow a great deal of flexibility so that every trip can feel unique. For a start, although we call them gap years, they don’t have to last anything like a year if you have a shorter travel window. By packaging numerous products together, we leave the option open to pick and choose what your package will include, be it adventure travel, InterRailing or jobs abroad. The itineraries listed here are suggestions, not set in stone. So you might take advantage of all the technical stuff – visas, flights, etc. – while only joining for one of the tours before having the confidence to move on and do your own thing. Different travellers will need help in different areas of their trip, and we want to make sure you can travel in a way suited to you.

Make your own

If you’ve had a look through all of StudentUniverse’s suggested itineraries listed here and still haven’t found exactly what you’re looking for, we’re more than happy to help you build the adventure perfect for you from scratch. Travel is a highly individual and personal experience, and there is no one-size fits all approach. Give them a ring on 0333 333 9923 or fill out an enquiry form below, and StudentUniverse can help you make that first step towards the most incredible experience of your life.

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